Vista Search Syntax

In between some meetings today I did some reading around Windows Desktop Search and Vista Search.  Although its not something we currently ‘officially’ supply, we’re seeing more people using WDS and Google Desktop.  Not really a problem but when people start indexing the network shares our file servers and network don’t like it much…

So anyway I was reading up on how best to manage WDS, and it turns out its nice and simple as MS have provided an .adm file for Group Policy.  During my reading though I found this good article on the search syntax supported by WDS and Vista. 

The syntax is quite intuitive, and there are a surprising number of filters there, so you can do some pretty complex searches quite easily.

Here’s a few examples, but check out the full list here.

Property

Example

Function

author:name

author:patrick

Finds items with patrick in the author property.

from:name

 

from:patrick

Finds items with patrick in either fromName OR fromAddress, since "from" is a property name for both fromName and fromAddress.

Kind:type

kind:meetings

Finds meetings

Date

date

date:lastweek

Album

album

album:"greatest hits"

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